This is the tale of a meeting between Lazzaro, a young peasant so good that he is often mistaken for simple-minded, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination. Life in their isolated pastoral village Inviolata is dominated by the terrible Marchesa Alfonsina de Luna, the queen of cigarettes. A loyal bond is sealed when Tancredi asks Lazzaro to help him orchestrate his own kidnapping. This strange and improbable alliance is a revelation for Lazzaro. A friendship so precious that it will travel in time and transport Lazzaro in search of Tancredi. His first time in the big city, Lazzaro is like a fragment of the past lost in the modern world.
It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. At Cannes, Rohrwacher won the award for Best Screenplay.
"Alice Rohrwacher's heady, ambitious third film mixes time-bending fabulism with contemporary social critique to gradually exhilarating effect." - Variety